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  • Ameer Abdulla, Ph.D.

    Senior Specialist/Group Leader, Marine Biodiversity and Conservation Science

    At:IUCN Global Marine Programme : coral reefs, monitoring, fisheries, and marine protected areas

  • Vera Agostini

    Scientist, Global Marine Initiative

    At:The Nature Conservancy : Fisheries Oceanography, Climate change and marine ecosystems, Marine Zoning, Ecosystem Based Management, Marine Protected Area Design

  • Åsa Andersson

    WCPA-Marine Regional Coordinator for the Baltic Sea, and Manager of the Baltic Sea Program, WWF Sweden

    At:WWF Sweden : marine space-based conservation

  • Jeff Ardron

    WCPA-Marine Advisor on MPA Design, Tools and Software and Scientific Advisor to the WCPA-Marine High Seas MPA Task Force and Director, High Seas Program, MCBI

    At:MCBI : marine spatial planning and high seas

  • Jennifer Ashworth

    WCPA-Marine Regional Coordinator for the North East Atlantic, and Marine Protected Areas Specialist, Natural England

    At:Natural England : MPAs

  • Mabel Augustowski

    WCPA-Marine Regional Coordinator for the South Atlantic and Biological Oceanographer, Marine Conservation Research Center (CEMAR)

    At:CEMAR : dive tourism management in MPAs and integrating species conservation programs (mainly cetaceans) in MPA management

  • Dan Basta

    Director

    At:Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, NOAA :

  • Michael W. Beck

    Senior Scientist, Global Marine Initiative

    At:The Nature Conservancy : Coastal Marine Habitat Conservation & Restoration, Estuarine Ecology, Regional Planning & Zoning, MPAs, Marine Conservation Agreements (MCAs)

  • Rob Brumbaugh, Ph.D.

    Restoration Program Director, Global Marine Initiative

    At:The Nature Conservancy : Marine Habitat Restoration, Shellfish Reefs, Estuaries and Bays

  • Dr. Kwang Sik Choi

    WCPA-Marine Country Coordinator for Korea, and Professor, School of Applied Marine Science, Cheju National University

    At:Cheju National University :

  • Segundo Coello

    WCPA-Marine Regional Coordinator for the South East Pacific

    At:WCPA : ecotourism, MPAs and fisheries

  • Harlan Cohen, Ph.D.

    Advisor on Ocean Governance and International Institutions

    At:IUCN Global Marine Programme : marine law and conventions, governance and high seas

  • Steve Cox

    Vice President and Priority Leader, Gulf of California

    At:WWF : Strategic program planning; NGO organizational development; Economics and public policy for conservation; Community economic development

  • Juan Eduardo Bezaury Creel

    WCPA-Marine Country Coordinator for Mexico, and Environmental Policy Director, The Nature Conservancy

    At:The Nature Conservancy : increasing protected areas' fiscal budget and the creation and recategorization of protected areas

  • Kim Davis

    Director - US Bycatch Initiative Marine Fisheries Program

    At:WWF : Kim leads WWF's efforts to employ field, policy and marketing strategies to reduce fisheries bycatch around the world.

  • Jon C. Day

    WCPA-Marine Regional Coordinator for Australia/New Zealand, and Director, Ecosystem Conservation and Sustainable Use, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

    At:GBRMPA : MPA planning and management

  • Elizabeth De Santo, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor

    At:Marine Affairs Programme, University of Dalhousie : marine protected area governance, international environmental law, cold-water corals

  • Daniela Diz

    WCPA-Marine Regional Coordinator for the North West Atlantic

    At: :

  • Mathieu Ducrocq

    Marine Programme Coordinator, West Africa

    At:IUCN Global Marine Programme : fisheries, marine protected areas, alternative livelihoods, shark conservation

  • Bill Eichbaum

    Vice President and Managing Director, Marine Program

    At:WWF : Environmental law; marine conservation - with emphasis on governance issues; large-scale conservation program management

  • Mohamed Eltayeb, Ph.D.

    Marine Programme Officer

    At:IUCN West Asia & Middle East Regional Office (WAME) :

  • Alejandro Fallabrino

    WCPA-Marine Country Coordinator for Uruguay, and President, South West Atlantic Network for the research and conservation of sea turtles

    At:WCPA : MPAs, sea turtle conservation

  • Zach Ferdaña

    Senior Marine Planner, Global Marine Initiative

    At:The Nature Conservancy : Ecosystem-Based Management, Marine Planning, GIS

  • Helen E. Fox

    Senior Marine Conservation Biologist

    At:WWF : Marine ecology, threats, and conservation; coral reefs; marine protected area design

  • Steve Gaines

    Director, Marine Science Institute, UC Santa Barbara

    At:PISCO : marine conservation; marine reserves; biogeography; effects of climate change on coastal ecosystems; effects of ocean circulation on dispersal; sustainable fisheries

  • Mauricio Galvez-Larach

    Coordinator, Marine Conservation Program

    At:WWF Chile : Fisheries management and governance. Fish market schemes. Marine protected areas. Ecoregion conservation planning and marine spatial. High Seas governance.

  • Carlos Gaymer

    Profesor Asociado, Departamento de Biologia Marina

    At:Centro de Estudios Avanzados en Zonas Aridas (CEAZA) :

  • Eric Gilman

    Marine Science Advisor

    At:IUCN Global Marine Programme : fisheries by-catch, tuna fisheries, coastal ecosystem responses to relative sea-level rise, coastal and marine ecology

  • Kristina Gjerde

    High Seas Policy Advisor

    At:IUCN Global Marine Programme : high seas, marine law and conventions, marine protected areas

  • Philipp Goeltenboth

    Managing Director, Coastal East Africa

    At:WWF : Community-based natural resource management; African mammals; Wildlife management; Marine conservation; Conservation in Africa

  • Marina Gomei, Ph.D.

    Project Officer, Marine Biodiversity

    At:IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation : marine protected areas, marine biodiversity

  • Sarah Gotheil

    Programme Officer

    At:IUCN Global Marine Programme :

  • Dr. Hugh Govan

    WCPA-Marine Regional Coordinator for the North and South Pacific, Melanesia subregion, and NCT member, Locally Managed Marine Area Network

    At:Locally Managed Marine Area Network : community development, traditional knowledge, capacity building strategies, human rights and governance

  • Susie Grant

    WCPA-Marine Regional Coordinator for the Antarctic and Marine Protected Area analyst, British Antarctic Survey

    At:British Antarctic Survey : Antarctic conservation

  • Hedley Grantham

    Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

    At:University of Queensland : Decision Support, Marine Spatial Planning

  • Gabriel Grimsditch

    Programme Associate

    At:CORDIO East Africa : coral reefs, climate change

  • Kirsten Grorud-Colvert

    Marine Reserve Science Coordinator, Oregon State University

    At:PISCO : marine reserve science; fish ecology; coral reefs; predator-prey interactions

  • Lynne Hale

    Director, Global Marine Initiative

    At:The Nature Conservancy : Integrated Coastal Zone Management, Tourism Planning Development, Marine Protected Areas

  • Alasdair Harris

    Founder and Research Director

    At:Blue Ventures :

  • Kohei Hibino

    WCPA-Marine Regional Coordinator for the North-West Pacific and Research Scientist, Japan Wildlife Research Center

    At:Japan Wildlife Research Center : coral reef MPAs of East Asia and Micronesia

  • Andrew Hurd

    Deputy Head, IUCN Global Marine Programme

    At:IUCN Global Marine Programme : project development, high seas management, sustainable financing, coastal livelihoods

  • Dr. Charlotte Karibuhoye

    WCPA-Marine Regional Coordinator, West Africa and Coordinator, Marine Protected Areas Programme, FIBA

    At:FIBA - International Foundation for the Banc d'Arguin : MPAs, institutional networking, participatory project planning, monitoring and evaluation, wildlife monitoring, community-based conservation, management effectiveness assessment

  • Kathy Kelly

    MPA Librarian

    At:National Marine Protected Areas Center, NOAA :

  • William Kostka

    WCPA-Marine Regional Coordinator for the North and South Pacific, Micronesia subregion

    At:Micronesia Conservation Trust : MPA networks

  • Dr. Mohammed. M. A. Kotb

    WCPA-Marine Regional Coordinator for the Arabian Seas, Coordinator of Biodiversity & MPA's Programme for PERSGA

    At:PERSGA (The Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden) : coral ecology, reef rehabilitation, underwater survey techniques

  • Dan Laffoley

    Marine Vice Chair IUCN's World Commission on Protected Areas, & Marine Principal Specialist Chief Scientist's Team Natural England

    At:IUCN WCPA & Natural England :

  • Finn Larsen

    Western Gray Whale Conservation Initiative

    At:IUCN Global Marine Programme :

  • Alfonso Lombana

    Marine Conservation Specialist

    At:WWF : Marine ecology, landscape ecology, GIS

  • Jane Lubchenco

    Distinguished Professor of Zoology, Oregon State University

    At:PISCO : marine conservation biology; marine reserves; public understanding of science; ecosystem services; ecological causes and consequences of global change; biodiversity; sustainable ecological systems; rocky intertidal shores; plant-herbivore interactions.

  • Fil.Lic. Carl Gustaf Lundin

    Head, IUCN Global Marine Programme

    At:IUCN Global Marine Programme : marine protected areas, building partnerships for conservation of ecosystems and endangered marine species, sustainable fisheries management, and climate change effects on marine resources

  • Imène Meliane

    Marine Programme Officer

    At:IUCN Global Marine Programme : marine invasives, bioprospecting, coral reefs, sharks, Convention on Biological Diversity

  • Elizabeth Moore

    Director of Sanctuary International Program

    At:Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, NOAA :

  • Nyawira Muthiga

    WCPA-Marine Regional Coordinator for East Africa and Conservation Scientist, Wildlife Conservation Society

    At:Wildlife Conservation Society : management and conservation of East African marine ecosystems

  • Kate Newman

    Managing Director, Coral Triangle

    At:WWF : Aquatic ecology; Coastal and marine conservation issues; Marine protected areas; Turtle conservation program; Ecoregion conservation planning and management; African conservation, particularly marine community-based natural resource management

  • Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara, Ph.D.

    WCPA-Marine Regional Coordinator, Mediterranean and Black Seas, and Honorary President, Tethys Research Institute

    At:Tethys Research Institute :

  • Jeanne Pagnan

    Vice President and Environmental Consultant, Twin Dolphins

    At:Twin Dolphins : terrestrial and marine arctic biodiversity

  • Jennifer Palmer

    Marine Programme Officer

    At:IUCN Global Marine Programme : marine biodiversity, community based conservation, marine mammals and sea turtles, and communications and outreach

  • John Parks

    WCPA-Marine Country Coordinator for the USA and Senior Advisor, Community-based Marine Conservation

    At:The Nature Conservancy : Pacific marine conservation

  • Wanfei Qiu

    WCPA-Marine Country Coordinator for China

    At:WCPA : Chinese MPAs

  • François Simard

    Advisor on Fisheries and Maritime Affairs

    At:IUCN Global Marine Programme : fisheries, marine sustainability, marine protected areas

  • Jennifer Smith

    Manager, GIS/Conservation Planning, WWF Canada

    At:WWF Canada : expertise in the use of Marxan

  • Lauren Spurrier

    Managing Director, Galapagos

    At:WWF : Galapagos; Marine protected area governance; Ecotourism; Community-based conservation; Community-based development

  • Aarthi Sridhar

    WCPA-Marine Regional Coordinator, Central Indian Ocean

    At:Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment : coastal and marine legislation, sustainable livelihoods and development

  • Matt Stout

    Director of Communications

    At:Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, NOAA :

  • Jerker Tamelander

    Coordinator CORDIO/Indian Ocean

    At:IUCN Global Marine Programme : coral reefs, coastal zone management

  • Moi Khim Tan

    WCPA-Marine Regional Coordinator for the East Asian Seas and Manager (database), Reefbase, the WorldFish Center

    At:The Worldfish Center : coral reef database and project management

  • Alifereti Tawake

    WCPA-Marine Country Coordinator for Fiji, and Project Manager, Institute of Applied Sciences, University of the South Pacific

    At:Institute of Applied Sciences :

  • Valentina Todorova

    WCPA-Marine Country Coordinator for the Black Sea, and Professor, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

    At:Bulgarian Academy of Sciences : taxonomy, biology and ecology of zoobenthos in the Black Sea, diversity and distribution of seabed habitats, ecological state indicators, bottom trawling impact assessment, invasive alien species, and conservation of marine ecosystems

  • Sebastian Troëng

    Senior Director of Regional Marine Strategies

    At:Conservation International : biodiversity assessment, marine capacity building, government capacity building, NGOs

  • Jay Udelhoven

    Senior Policy Advisor, Market-based Marine Conservation Strategies

    At:The Nature Conservancy : Market-based strategies, Leasing & Ownership of Marine Lands (ocean bottom)

  • Leslie Walling

    Coastal Resource Manager

    At:Coastal Solutions : vulnerability and impact assessment, conservation planning, policy formulation, capacity building, and community awareness and outreach

  • Kathy Walls

    WCPA-Marine Regional Coordinator for the North and South Pacific, Polynesia subregion

    At:WCPA : MPA networks and ecosystem-based management

  • Stephanie Wear

    Marine Protected Areas Specialist, TNC Global Marine Initiative

    At:The Nature Conservancy : Marine Protected Areas, Coral Reef Conservation, Climate Change & Coral Reefs, Community-Based Conservation

  • Alan White

    Marine Protected Areas Senior Scientist, Global Marine Initiative

    At:The Nature Conservancy : Marine Protected Areas, Coral Reef Conservation, Economics of Coastal Resources, Integrated Coastal Management, experience in South and Southeast Asia

  • Jean W. Wiener

    Director

    At:Fondation pour la Protection de la Biodiversité Marine (FoProBiM) : Coastal and Marine Sciences, Community Development, and Environmental Management

  • Margaret Williams

    Managing Director Bering Sea & Kamchatka

    At:WWF : Education in the Bering Sea ecoregion; Russian conservation; Arctic wildlife and conservation issues; Bering Sea ecoregion environmental stresses; Biodiversity projects in Russia and Central Asia

  • Kate Willis Ladell

    WCPA-Marine Regional Coordinator for the North East Pacific and Marine Planing & Protected Areas Campaign Manager, Living Oceans Society

    At:Living Oceans Society : marine planning and protected areas

  • Louisa Wood, Ph.D.

    Technical Advisor on Marine Protected Areas

    At:IUCN Global Marine Programme : marine protected areas, marine biodiversity

  • Geoff York

    Arctic Program Polar Bear Conservation Coordinator

    At:WWF : Polar Bear conservation

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